This quote has been a meaningful one to me since my early 20’s. It comes to me at certain times when I know deep in my gut that I have been resisting something. As I grow in courage and move into whatever I am resisting or fearing, I start to hear and envision these words. I become aware of my tightness (when I have been a bud too long) and my hiding. I begin to think about the tunnel of risk. This is what I see when I move from hiding to blooming. I can envision an animated scene on Disney where I go from a tight bud through a long tunnel of risk, and I come out the other side as a beautiful blossom. There is angst, movement, darkness, uncertainty, perhaps some pain, anticipation, exhilaration, and beauty in that scene. There is a looking back and a looking ahead. An understanding that the bud was part of the process, but being a bud too long is not how it is meant to be.
I wonder where you have been aware of your journey from being a bud to a blossom? Is there anywhere you now feel that it might be more painful to stay where you are than to risk blooming.
I hope and pray tonight, in my story and each of yours, that you will risk blooming. That we will notice in one another the risk and the beauty of blooming. May we tend to one another with kindness, compassion and invitation.
I received this flower from my Mom for Christmas. I love watching it every day as it grows and changes. It is close to breaking out from a bud to bloom! This beautiful gift has invited reflection in my own life, and I am grateful.
Thank you, Jesus, for buds and blooms!
Blessed Be His Name,